Former MAFS expert felt “ethically, professionally, morally compromised.”
Dr. Trisha Stratford has spoken further on why she left Nine reality series.
Former Married At First Sight expert Dr. Trisha Stratford has recently spoken out further about the Nine reality series, and shed further light on why she departed after 7 seasons.
In a statement at the time, Dr Stratford said, “After seven seasons of Married At First Sight I have decided to step back from the television series to focus on my writing, research and neuropsychotherapy.
“I’ve been involved right from the beginning in the challenge of bringing this social experiment to television. The program provides a platform for an ongoing conversation on relationships and I wish the program continued success and hope future participants find everlasting love,” she added.
Back then a Nine statement said, “We want to thank Trisha for the extraordinary contribution she has made to the success of Married At First Sight. She showed great courage joining this very unconventional social experiment in its first short series and helped transform it into the hugely successful franchise it is today. We wish her all the best as she re-directs her energies back into her professional career.”
In a later interview with with Woman’s Day NZ, the New Zealand-based therapist revealed, “It got super-sized, a bit like MasterChef, into what we know as MAFS now. The participants we got in season six and seven were so outrageous and outside the norm that it wasn’t what I signed up for. At a couple of dinner parties I felt sick. I felt in my guts that this wasn’t what I’d want to be watching at home on TV.”
More recently she told ABC she began feeling “ethically, professionally, morally compromised.” When she tried to voice her concerns to Endemol Shine and Nine that a participant was struggling, she was asked to attend a meeting with “top-level people” and lawyers.
“I felt they were attempting to bully me,” she says. “After that meeting, I was completely out of the loop. I did not know anything that was going on. They didn’t want to include me.”
After she departed the show, she was replaced with sexologist Alessandra Rampolla.
This week Nine declined to comment.
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